Maternity Leave in America

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Registered: 12-01-2007
Maternity Leave in America
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Sat, 12-01-2007 - 7:18pm

Why is it that we (the US) has one of the worst maternity policies in the world? Even Iraqi women get longer paid maternity leave then we do. I respect all mothers and fathers. Motherhood especially is a huge responsibility - whether you work at home or out of the home. I know someone who worked in corporate America for many years and after having her first son, she resigned and is now a "work at home mom" She writes about it in her blog at http://beaworkathomemom.blogspot.com and I find it fascinating. Some of the information she gives is great, and very helpful. She has done a lot of research on the topic of the feasibility of being a stay at home mom. There really are a lot of options out there for us as mothers and professional women, but I don't think we give ourselves the opportunity to even think about our options. Some women think they would be miserable at home, but they've never considered the possibility that they should at least have that choice and not feel forced to leave their newborn for 8-10 hours each day at age 6 weeks. The point is, a woman should not feel pressured to work if she doesn’t want to, and she has a new baby, or small children to raise.

Blythe http://beaworkathomemom.blogspot.com/ Working on being...Supermom!

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Registered: 10-04-2007
Sat, 12-01-2007 - 8:37pm

Because lenght of maternity leave, and many other things, are personal choices.

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Registered: 12-07-2004
Sun, 12-02-2007 - 9:39am

I am afraid I disagree with you that

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Registered: 04-27-2005
Sun, 12-02-2007 - 10:16am
No, there is the FMLA.
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Registered: 10-04-2007
Sun, 12-02-2007 - 4:19pm
I know.
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Registered: 10-04-2007
Sun, 12-02-2007 - 4:21pm

Maternity leave is chosen time off.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sun, 12-02-2007 - 6:26pm

Her point, which you missed completely, is that in a society so misogynistic that something that helps and 80 year old keep his boner is considered an insurable medication but somethign that provides needed pain relief to a laboring mother is considered 'elective" -- it' no wonder such a low value is placed on putting policies in place that ensure that new moms have the time to rest, establish a good relatioship with the baby and see to his /her care falls so low on the priority list.


 

Yes. We. Did.

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Registered: 04-27-2005
Sun, 12-02-2007 - 6:36pm
ITA with you!!
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Registered: 10-04-2007
Sun, 12-02-2007 - 8:39pm
You're comaring a medical condition to maternity leave and you can't make that comparison.
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sun, 12-02-2007 - 9:01pm
again the point flying right over your head...
"If gay Americans are not allowed to get married and have all the benefits that American citizens are entitled to by the Bill of Rights, they should get one hell of a tax break. That is my opinion,"

- Jeane "Dear Abby" Phillips, in an interview with Lisa Leff.

 

Yes. We. Did.

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Registered: 10-04-2007
Sun, 12-02-2007 - 9:04pm

No, the point is flying over your head.

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